How to speed up lashing time with quality results
How to become a faster lash artist is a fre- quent question that we get! Once you be- come one you have a desire to be faster and faster. I want to share the secrets that helped me as a lash artist to improve my speed. As a beginner, it is normal to have your full set time at about 3 hours, anything less than that you probably are not lashing 100% of your client’s natural lashes. Two years into my career I got my classic full set time down to 1 hour and 45 minutes, and my application was pristine! Here is how I did it.
Keep an organized workspace. Have a place for everything. After each client, give yourself a few minutes to clean up and put your items away. Give yourself time to set up for your next client if necessary. At the end of the day, clean all tweezers properly and sanitize your space for the next day.
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Keep track of what you use and the shape you do on your clients. This will help you know what to get ready for them and make the appointment a breeze because your products will be ready.
Good lighting. This one is SO important. If it is possible, natural light will help a lot. But a good light is essential. Having a bright adjustable light can make a world of a dif- ference for a lash artist.
Teach your clients to come with clean lashes. If you teach them from the start how to clean them and what they should use, you set them up for success, in turn mak- ing your job easier! If someone comes with dirty lashes (or with eye makeup/mascara) you will have to take the time to clean them.
Have tiles set up. Have a few lash tiles (one designated to each curl, diameter, etc) and have them set up and organized. Having your tiles already set up can make it easy to just grab what tile you want when you need it. It is best to have two of your most- used strips on your tile. For example, I use a lot of 11mm so I would put two of those strips on there so I don’t need to stop mid appointment to grab more.
Use a quick-drying adhesive. Using a quick- drying adhesive can help you to lash faster and help avoid lash extensions sticking to- gether. The fewer lashes that stick together the less you have to separate at the end!
Glasses. Make sure that if you wear glasses, your prescription is up to date. Some lash artists prefer to wear magnifying glasses, this helps with eye strain and makes it clear to find a lash extension.
Good tweezer plus a backup. Make sure you have a pair of tweezers that work well for you and are comfortable. Having a backup pair is also a must, you never know when you might drop a tweezer.
Tape. Your absolute best friend! Use it throughout the set in different ways to move and manipulate those lashes so you can get them all. We love to use tape to lift the lid and separate those lashes off the eye pad.
Practice. Seems simple right? I practiced with over 175 people in a 3 month period. I truly believe this helped speed my full set time up the most. You will not get better practice than you will on an actual client, so push that doll head aside and find a real human to practice on!